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Quintessentially British things that originated elsewhere

Grab a cup of tea and some fish and chips while we cover some of the most quintessentially British things we nicked from somewhere else.

Plants you probably wouldn't want in your garden

5 plants you probably wouldn’t want in your garden

Gardening is seen as a therapeutic hobby – and rightly so too. There’s nothing quite like watching something you put into the ground and watered grow to its full beauty. We tend to buy and pot plants that make our gardens and parks look prettier, but there are some odd plants from different parts of the world that need some, erm, attention too…

Spring cleaning: A worldwide tradition

Spring cleaning: A worldwide tradition

The long, cold winter nights are over, and thanks to the natural light, we can finally see the filth that’s been hidden in our homes for months. It’s a tradition in many households to have a good clear-out during springtime, but who do we have to blame (or thank) for the spring clean?

Bizarre ice cream flavours from around the world

Bizarre ice cream flavours from around the world

The meaning of the phrase “ice cream” varies from one country to another, with terms such as gelato, frozen yoghurt and sorbet being used to describe the variations and styles. There is some speculation over where and when ice cream was invented. Some historians consider it was created in the Persian Empire when people would pour fruit juices over snow, whilst others believe it has origins in China in 200 BC. Vanilla may be the most popular ice cream flavour of all time, but if you fancy something a little more adventurous why not try one of these unusual flavours whilst on your travels.

Weird food combinations from around the world

Weird food combinations from around the world

I have a Spanish friend who balks when he sees me liberally applying vinegar to my chips. Apparently, in Spain NO ONE puts vinegar on their chips – it’s weird. They do, however, put it on their strawberries. And that’s not weird. This got me thinking about flavour combinations that are considered perfectly acceptable in some places, but have the potential to give British taste buds a panic attack.

5 very unusual sports from around the world

5 very unusual sports from around the world

Welcome, sports fans, to a trip round some of the world’s most unusual games. Whatever it is you look for in a sport (athletic ability, fierce competition, dead goats), you’ll find plenty of it here. Some of these sports may seem crazy to us in Britain, but as our national sport is just an unnecessarily complicated version of kicking a ball around the park, we’re really in no position to judge.